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              Know the Hidden Hazards

Swimming in lakes, rivers, oceans and other open water poses hazards you won’t find in a swimming pool. Parents need to be aware of such risks as uneven surfaces, dangerous  currents, cold temperatures and more.

What Families Can Do To Keep Kids Safe

  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children and inexperienced swimmers within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.
  • Make sure children learn how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready.
  • Make sure kids learn these five water survival skills and are able to:

-step or jump into water over their head and return to the surface;

-turn around and orient to safety;

-float or tread water;

-combine breathing with forward movement in the water and

-exit the water.         

  • Teach children that swimming in open water is different from swimming in a pool.
  • Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating or participating in other recreational activities on the water.
  • Use designated swimming areas and recreational areas whenever possible.


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How To Fit A Life Jacket 

Our Safety in Seconds video tells families what to look for in a life jacket – sometimes called a personal floatation device or PFD. And it provides detailed instructions on how to get the proper fit so your child has maximum protection.


Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is proudly led by Oregon Child Development Coalition.

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